Monday night was judging night for this month and the topic was “Lines”. They needed to be the subject of the image. This made for an interesting and challenging task not just for me but also for the judge.
I submitted four images in the set topic and was rewarded with 1 merit and 3 acceptances. The images appear below.
The reason this did not receive an honour was due to the not having a straight vertical. The judge would have preferred the image to look like the one on the right.
At The Beach – Acceptance
This was considered to have leading lines but the subject was not lines, it was a landscape. Also, the colour of the sky was washed out and it could have been cropped tighter.
Home Port – Acceptance
While there were definite lines, the subject of the image was the boat. Also, it could have been cropped more.
To The Church – Acceptance
Again, the subject was not the lines, it was the church.
As always, this was a great learning experience. The judge stressed the need to look for unique viewpoints to make your images stand out from the crowd and not just be holiday snap shots. When photographing people for portraits, he explained the impact of looking up to the person v. looking down on the person v. being level with the person. He outlined some of the many different ways to change what is being communicated in the image.
The previous Monday night I attended the BCG Monochrome Special Interest Group. Lisa Kurtz was the guest speaker and she gave some great ideas to think about. Some of the key ideas for me were:
- Be able to explain why you included what you did in the image.
- Be able to explain why have you chosen monochrome instead of colour or vice versa?
- Be able to explain what your intent was in making this image?
- Learn about visual language.
I am currently reading “Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images (Voices That Matter)” by David duChemin. He takes a none-technical approach to visual language rather than a “university” type approach. Other books of his have inspired me so I am looking forward to reading this book through to the end and learning heaps.